Sam Bachman is on his way. He just needs to achieve consistency with his changeup. He’s the Angels organization’s best pitcher who hasn’t reached the majors yet. Here is the Angels 2022 minor league camp roster.
The Angels allegedly have some sort of plan about housing the minor league players, although I have no idea what this guy just said.
Opening day for the low A teams is April 8 when Inland Empire will play Lake Elsinore. For high A it is April 8 when Tri-City will play Hillsboro. For AA it is also April 8 when the Trash Pandas will play Birmingham. For the AAA teams it is April 5 when Salt Lake will play Tacoma.
Topps just sold a 1952 Mickey Mantle card as an NFT for $470,711.50. An actual card would have probably cost over $5 Million.
It is getting pretty hard even to find any consistency in potential links about the CBA negotiations, let alone finding fun links that are about baseball itself. Either they are deadlocked or they are making all kinds of concessions. They either met Monday or they didn’t. There is a little detail available about the pitch clock idea.
The Portland Sea Dogs will be re-branded as the Maine Bean Suppahs for one night only August 13. For $30 total you can also get in on the all you can eat bean suppah that starts one hour before the game and lasts one hour into the game.
Pre-season games have already begun in Nippon Professional Baseball. The regular season begins March 25.
Left handed free agent pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim is off the board. He just signed a four year deal with the SSG Landers of the KBO. He played for the Landers back when they were the Wyverns.
Bill James suggests changing the rules about how many two strike foul balls a batter can have before he is called out.
Here is today’s link about college baseball. (Baylor players greeting a kid with fist bumps.)
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi
It looks like todays buttercup is wilting into the wee small morning hours of the morning.
It’s gonna happen. Once the deal is consummated, Perry will be rushing to sign Cishek.
My Buttercup instincts tell me that deal was already signed, and is just waiting to be announced.
The minor league camp has a ton of LH pitchers. Catchers are a loaded up group too. Do they all eat beans around a campfire because that is all the team can afford? At least they are outdoors and not the locker-room. Pass the Beano please.
I don’t care. Which is sad. I’m not going to follow the back and forth PR statements.
I’ve read the NFL is pushing Apple hard to take over NFL Sunday Ticket, and Apple is pursuing it.
So if we wanna watch all our our teams games, we need a cable subscription, MLB.tv, possibly a VPN if you’re in- market, and Apple TV+
Remember our conversation yesterday about the game being virtually inaccessible to kids these days?
But it’s the pitchers fault for not being quick enough.
As everyone knows, I’m a huge boxing fan.
As as young kid, I watched fights on broadcast TV with my dad on Saturday afternoons. As the 80s got later and the 90s kicked in we watched fights on USA, ESPN, and broadcast TV.
Pretty soon it was all HBO and then Pay Per View.
I’m pretty sure every sports fan in America could name 5-10 fighters in the 80s and 90s. Try that nowadays.
Boxing is actually making a concerted effort to get back on ESPN and Fox to broaden the fan base (and doing a good job, IMO) whereas most other sports are going the other way.
Yep, it’s almost the same script here. Sad days.
Squeezing every penny out of all they can, again screwing the fans. They did not become Billionaires giving out free rides.
There’s arguments here about capitalism, collapse of the middle class, and as baseball is largely a middle class sport it doesn’t bode well for the future…
I’ll leave it at that given where we are, but yeah….
You won’t have to worry about watching any games this season
So there is going to be a season? Bahahaha!
Games will be played this year, question is just how many.
They won’t give up an entire year of profits.
Damnit, I hate the Facebook games, and now I can hate the Apple TV + games.
At least YouTube games were free, just needed a connection.
All I can eat beans? Count me in! Warning — keep open flames away for at least 24 hours.
This is exactly what I was picturing
Exactly what I though of.
With all the fans receiving a bean supper before the game, and likely drinking beer, the Portland Sea Dogs game should be rebranded for the night as the Great Maine Fartathon. Can you imagine the noises and smells coming from the crowd?
Just be glad it’s not an indoor stadium. Would smell worse than a high school gym.
What is a NFT Baseball Card?
It’s a way of taking a digital file somebody could have right clicked off the internet and turning it into something that is supposedly a unique collectible. Basically a sort of stamp is put onto it so it can be seen to be the exact same copy that is associated with a specific digital ledger known as a blockchain.
Some folks might think it is a little bit sketchy to be charging condominium level money for a digital picture of a baseball card.
Disaster Girl brought in a similar amount of money last year, though.
Adding Disater Girl to my stable…Dumpster Fire, Tire Fire and Hindenburg.
A new Angel Baseball trAdition is born.
Lets hope none of these fires burn bright this year.
Why pay condo pricing for a digital baseball card when you can pay half a million for a digital full sized house?
An NFT is basically a receipt that you bought a piece of art or other image (in this case an image of a baseball card) without actually getting to take, keep or control the image.
Let’s say a baseball museum owns a 1952 Mickey Mantle card that they keep in a protective card case. The museum decides it wants to make some money. They host an auction to sell the card. However, the person buying it doesn’t get the actual card. Instead, the museum will put a sticker on the back of the protective case that states “owned by buyer.”
The museum keeps all other rights to the card. They can choose whether to display it, they can give it to another museum without your permission, they can put it in storage and refuse to let you look at it, they can even destroy the card without refunding your money. The only thing you get is a sticker on the back of the protective case and an agreement that as long as the card exists, they will keep it in a case with said sticker.
Now, to be fair, they can make additional promises as part of the sale (like promising to display it for 10 years and to offer it to you first if they ever decide to destroy it), but they usually don’t.
Shit howdy it’s true, there is a sucker born every minute.
It’s a different method to burn away your hard-earned cash. Sorta like betting on the Angels to get quality pitching.
Beanie Babies for tech bros
Buying a Star and naming it after your favorite Beanie Baby.
😂 That “Name a Star” scam that comes out every Valentines Day and Christmas. “Honey, I named a star after you so you will be forever known as a celestial being in the galaxy, as a symbol of my love” Her/Him: ” No, you just wasted $49.95 on a piece of paper I could have printed on my computer at a cost of roughly 4 cents. We need to have a talk about budgets and economics before we decide to take this relationship to the next level.”
Fortunately my old girlfriend was named BD +4 4048, so it was easy to buy her a star (look it up).
My mom bought me one of those once. I still have the chart somewhere.
Or you could buy her a top shelf 1/8 of some sticky icky for $50 and she can feel like she is up among the stars.
Nothing quite like slapping your name on a ball of flaming gas.
Bought a Black Hole and named it Moreno.
😄 I would have named it either Pujols, Wells, or Hamilton.
There are certain signs that a relationship has peaked and moved out of next level consideration.
Naming a star, watching American Idol, supporting any Boston team…you have to have standards.
“James proposes that a batter can foul off one pitch with two strikes. Foul off another pitch, and you’re out.”
This would definitely shorten the game. 😳
Let’s say you are up to bat in a game, and you have excellent bat control. You do not see a pitch to square up on and are good enough to foul off pitches to stay alive and waiting for a pitch to drive. So how does James think that you should be an auto-out? I am just not really getting into more analytic nonsense changing more of the game for the worst. I believe you earn your stay by being better than the strikeout prone batter by staying at the plate, if it was easy, we would witness more of “stayin’ alive’ que the Bee Gees.
Nope. Don’t like that.
Terrible idea. The pitcher-batter confrontation is at high-levels for baseball fans when into the double-digit pitch count for that AB.
Go away, James.
It’s beyond ridiculous! This James guy needs to be put in timeout.
Now that is funny stuff.
They didn’t used to have balls and strikes. The batters could ask for a low ball or high ball. I was reading today that they started calling strikes because batters would keep taking pitches.
The Plumber making news. He is ready to compete for a spot this Spring with the Angels or any team that may Rule 5 him. If the Rule 5 draft happens.
Kevin Maiton is in camp and in shape.
A future NL DH.
The Plumber will remain clogged in the Angels system through this season. The Rule 5 draft will be cancelled as teams feel that the lockout delays have created an unfair advantage in the scouting of the Rule 5 eligible players. That also means no Tay Tay for Angel fans this year.
Exactly what shape is Maitan in? Rectangle? Triangle? sphere?
I’m going to go with spherical.
If he is in Troutangle shape, we may have something useful.
What geometric figure was Jabba the Hut?
I’ve seen the movie, he wasn’t cute at all. In fact he had to chain up women just to keep them from running away from him.
Sounds like my wedding night to my first wife